What’s Next?

Getting healthy is not possible if you are mostly inactive and eat, drink and smoke what you want, when you want. That was my lifestyle for decades. I finally quit smoking cigarettes and eliminated many unhealthy foods from my diet. However, now I am faced with the equally frustrating WHAT’S NEXT chapter in my life’s how-to-be-healthy manual.

I have walked more miles in the last three weeks than I have walked during the past six months, but that’s not enough to make a healthy difference. It is easier to stay at home and work on the computer than to drive somewhere to walk somewhere. Unfortunately, my window of opportunity to comfortably enjoy the great outdoors is quickly fading as the hot desert summer approaches.

BikeI own a small fitness-machine which would be effective in strengthening my muscles and re-shaping my neglected body into something that resembles a human male, but that would require “actually” lifting the weights and finding a new storage place for the clothing that has accumulated on the home-gym like a paper mache project.

I also own a stylish dust-covered bicycle that would be effective in enhancing my exercise routine by firming up my butt and legs, but that would include riding it on dangerous city streets while maneuvering around speeding vehicles and slow-moving pedestrians. Not a good solution for someone who has traffic anxiety!

As I sit here, nearly motionless, writing a blog post about becoming more physically active, it occurred to me that finding motivation to get off my ass and start exercising, is slim at best. However, inย an attempt to justify my laziness, I can confidently attribute tapping on the keyboard to finger aerobics.

Whew, my hands need a nap now.


What’s Next? — 13 Comments

  1. For the record, after publishing this post, I did spend the afternoon clearing off the weight bench and dusting the bicycle. However, Starbucks called and demanded I buy a mocha immediately, so I had to forgo "actually" exercising.

    • lol Once, I walked a Doberman Pinscher while wearing roller skates. It went very well during the uphill part of the walk, but I quickly learned that not all “good ideas” are smart ideas because she spotted another dog during the downhill and quickly ran towards it, knocking me off balance and dragging me down the road.

  2. Good for you Steven. You may have to switch to indoor walking – malls often open for walkers before opening for shoppers. The bike is cooler than walking in hot weather too. We’re trying to find a place within our budget, close to the beach and may have hit the jackpot yesterday. Within walking distance of downtown, lots of shopping within walking distance and so on. Keep your fingers crossed for us! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs.

    • Living near the beach would be a dream come true for me….well, a secluded beach away from the city rush, preferably. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish we lived closer to each other Liz. I could really enjoy taking walks with you.

      My fingers are crossed and I’m sending a bunch of “moving to the beach” energy your way.

  3. Don’t get me started about fitness. We’re trying to work off our winter weight gain. As soon as the snow melts, we’re gonna buy bikes. I’ve already cut down on my caloric, beloved breves, but I refuse to give up coffee completely. BTW: We live a few miles from the Atlantic. Sorry, if that makes you jealous. If you ever head this way, though, give a holla. I’ll tell you where to buy the best lobstah rolls and incredible clams!

    • Yes, I’ll admit I am a bit jealous over your distance to the beach, but not so much about about all the cold and snow. When the east is stuck in a frozen hell….I’m usually hiking around my desert town in a lightweight jacket and sunglasses. Who’s jealous now? Good luck with the bicycle idea, I purchased mine 15 years ago and only rode it twice, but it sure looks good hanging in the garage.

      • I’ll admit it, I’m jealous! Although I was just joking. Why would you give up gambling and the amazing mountains, for snow and sleet? The thought of fun and sun, when we’re still surrounded by snow, makes me envious. March is well on its weary way. I hope to see bursting buds by May. (I swear, the rhyme was accidental. Dr. Seuss would be so proud.)

        • Everything in life is a trade-off. Right now, Vegas weather is beautiful, but come late spring that beauty turns into an ugly inferno that can last well into October. The USA’s only year-round perfect weather is in San Diego and that comes with a zillion dollar price tag! I tried to make a rhyme, but I don’t have the time as I am off to hike a mountain.

          • Enjoy your hike, without a bike! I refuse to visit my mom during the sweltering summers in Vegas. I like to come in early fall.

  4. It’s about CHOICES………BTW congrats on still not smoking. Excellent!…….Go to The Happy Body webpage and see if you like it. It’s a different way to get healthy and feel younger. My sister did the program and OMG she looks WONDERFUL. I still do my Pilates and walk on my treadmill. I do not have the figure of a 60 yr old, proud to say…………Your other choice is to do nothing and end up with 6 stents in your arteries like a friend of mine who does nothing…..he just had to pass a kidney stone the size of a golf ball because he simply doesn’t take care of himself. He’s 60 years old and had a hip replacement at 50….all because he doesn’t take care of himself.

    I’ve suggested this before and will do again……why not try Yoga? It’s one of the best things you can do for your body AND mind….It teaches you to meditate, relax and let go of worries and anxiety.

    Please don’t become a typical lazy fat ass American!


    • It’s very doubtful that I will become a typical lazy fat ass American because then I’d have to call myself a redneck and start hating stuff for no apparent reason.

      Hiking and yard-work are keeping me on track these days, plus my gayness is motivation to keep healthy and fit…it’s written into our handbook.

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